AURORA, Colo., May 5 (UPI) -- Space-based surveillance needs are making Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado one of the United States' fastest growing military installations, a spokesman said.
Millions of dollars in construction projects are in the works at Buckley as the U.S. Air Force transforms it from a modest base used by reservists into a full-scale active-duty base that will be a hub of satellite surveillance and missile-warning activities.
"We are one of the fastest-growing Air Force bases in the country," base spokesman John Spann told the Rocky Mountain News. "The missions here at Buckley are constantly changing."
Located in Aurora, Colo., Buckley will add about 800 military, contractor and civilian jobs in the next three years and will be the home base of three additional F-16s from the Colorado Air National Guard, Spann told the Rocky Mountain News.
Buckley is currently home to about 10,000 military personnel, including representatives of all branches of the service. It is home base to the 460th Space Wing.